14 years of age & over ONLY. This is a national level year-round training group. Focus is on specialty work, dryland training, and development for Regional / National level USA-S meets. Participants must achieve at least two USA-S 15 & Over AAA times and be over 13 years of age during the current season to be considered for membership into this group. Swimmers are required to attend at least eight of the workouts offered per week and must sign a contract with the Head Coach that outlines commitment levels and goals for each season.
Time goals include Zones / Sectionals / and National-level meet qualifying times, as well as aspirations of swimming at the college and/or professional level. Water time is between 1.5 to 2.5 hours at main workouts. Morning workouts (during the school year) are around one hour long. Meet schedule planning is done with the ICE head coach on a seasonal basis. Swimmers in the this group should aim to fully attend and participate in the highest level meets for which they qualify each year.
Practice for returning swimmers began on August 17th. Practices will return to Mercer once the pool has reopened.
Download Schedules: regular practice schedule fall/winter 2015
Practice will start 1 hour earlier on days when the Hawkeyes are playing at home.
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Morning practice may start earlier in order to accommodate the change in the school schedule.
Swimmers are expected to attend a minimum of 8 practices per week.
(each day of a meet counts as 1/2 workout)
MPAC = Mercer Park, NLRC = North Liberty Pool,
CREC = Coralville Rec., CP = City Park Pool
Senior group members should contact Coach Don about their recommended meets (including Grand Prix events, Nationals, and Sectionals) for the season. The schedule below is for reference only.
download meet schedules:
The full meet schedule will be available soon.
Currently the list includes ICE hosted meets as well as the (required) Championship level meets for the season.
Entry deadlines vary by meet and are subject to change; please follow the links under information and/or consult the events calendar to avoid missing them.
Additional information regarding ICE hosted meets
Each swimmer should expect to swim in the Championship meet(s) for which they qualify: Regionals, State, or Zones
Monthly Fee: $127
There are also the following annual fees:
USA - Swimming registration: $66/year/swimmer
ICE Equipment fee: $120/year/family paid at registration
Meet fees are assessed on a per-meet basis and are in the neighborhood of $40 per meet
About the Fees:
Practice Fees: Pay for pool time and coaches’ salaries.
Equipment Fees: Chlorine and water are especially hard on necessary swim equipment. This fee supports the upkeep of timing equipment, computers, lane lines and any other equipment necessary to maintain the sport.
USA-S registration fees: ICE is registered through USA Swimming, our national governing body. For insurance reasons, swimmers cannot practice beyond the trial period until this fee is paid.
We rely on fundraising to help keep our costs down and our sport affordable for all. For this reason, we ask families each season to fundraise $125 for families with a single athlete, and $175 for families with 2+ swimmers. In an effort to make this easy, ICE provides many fundraising opportunities over the course of the year. There are also families who prefer to make a donation rather than engage in fundraising.
Withdrawal from ICE: Like any other enterprise, the Iowa City Eels have bills to pay. Pool rental, payroll, and equipment are expenses that must be covered if we are to continue to operate as a successful swim club. When your athlete joins the team we make plans based upon attendance for the entire season. We realize however that circumstances may arise which require a swimmer to leave the team either temporarily or permanently. We simply ask that you fill out this form and return it to the ICE office at Mercer at least two weeks before leaving the club. You will be responsible for all swim fees for 2 weeks following the date this form is received.